This research project adopted an approach which is grounded in Māori cultural values and beliefs to answer three questions: what are the dreams, aspirations and goals that whānau in the Porirua community have for their own development; what are the major areas of concern for these whānau which may in fact prevent them from achieving their dreams; and finally how do government agencies and institutions support whānau to achieve their aspirations? The research also looked at whether government departments enable whānau to realise their dreams in a way that is consistent with being Māori.
Boulton, A., Gifford, H. “Realising Whānau Ora Through Community Action: The Role of Māori Community Health Workers”. Education for Health, August 2009
Boulton, A., & Gifford, H. (2012, June). Tipping the balance: A quantitative analysis of the impact of the Working for Families (WFF) policy on Māori whānau. International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Auckland, New Zealand.